News and events

Best Practices in Pain Management Conference Set for Sept. 16-17

The Best Practices in Pain Management Conference is scheduled to be held September 16-17, 2017 in Williamsburg, VA at the Williamsburg Lodge. The conference is primarily aimed towards primary care physicians, pain specialists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, orthopedists, internists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals who are engaged in treating chronic pain. CME credit is available for physicians, nurses and physician assistants through this event. To learn more and register, click here. Registration is only available online.

RRTC, ACE Research Develops Program to Help Youth with Autism Gain & Keep Jobs

Researchers from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the Autism Center for Excellence at VCU have completed the first randomized clinical trial to show that if young people with significant autism receive a combination of job skills training and behavioral support, they have a higher chance of gaining competitive employment. Read more about the study here

Acupuncture Services at the Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and Wellness Center

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Huntoon will be offering Acupuncture services at NOW. This is the first time in the history of VCUHS that these services are being offered, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Huntoon on our team! The primary focus of treatment will be pain and addiction, but can be used to treat headaches, fibroid myalgia, and restless leg syndrome. 

4th Annual Ericksen Lecture Slated for April 7

The Fourth Annual Jeff Ericksen, M.D., MSK Endowment Lectureship is set to occur on Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Molecular Medicine Research Building (MMRB) Room 1-1013. This year's featured speaker is David Wang, D.O., director of training and education at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine. A reception will follow the lecture.

Kreutzer Awarded 2017 Jennett Plum Award

Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D., director of neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology in PM&R, was awarded the International Brain Injury Association's 2017 Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine. The award is presented biennially to clinicians and researchers who have made substantive and historical research contributions to the field of traumatic brain injury through clinical, translational, or basic science research. Kreutzer was chosen in recognition of the impact of his clinical research on the field of brain injury medicine. The award will be presented at the 12th World Congress on Brain Injury taking place in New Orleans from March 29-April 1.

Wehman to Lead $4.375 Million Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, led by Paul Wehman, Ph.D., a professior in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Department of Counseling and Special Education, recently received a $4.375 million to investigate best practices for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. Read more about the grant here.

41st Williamsburg Brain Injury Conference to Be Held May 3-5, 2017

Join us for our 41st brain injury rehabilitation conference. Known informally as the “Williamsburg Conference,” this VCU-sponsored event provides a thought-provoking opportunity to learn and interact alongside leading nationally- and internationally-recognized experts. The conference provides a unique focus on practical solutions and interventions to improve brain injury rehabilitation practice. Conference events span three days (May 3-5, 2017), including two day-long preconference workshops, and the two-day long main conference. Topics are relevant for a variety of rehabilitation professionals, including psychologists, counselors, social workers, case managers, CBIS, OT, PT, SLP, and physicians. For more information, please visit or email For questions, please contact Lisa McCarthy at 703-451-8881 ext. 224.


PM&R Welcomes Kimberly Skelton, D.O.

VCU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to welcome Dr. Kimberly Skelton. Skelton received her D.O. from the University of Edward via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Ky. and her fellowship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. In her free time, Skelton enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. Welcome Dr. Skelton!

PM&R Welcomes Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D.

VCU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Huntoon, M.S., M.D. Huntoon received her M.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University and her M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her residency at the Medical College of Ohio and her fellowship at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Huntoon has a strong interest in acupuncture. Welcome Dr. Huntoon!

Cifu Edits CENC Special Edition of Brain Injury Journal

The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC), housed in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the largest grant in VCU history, edited a special edition of Brain Injury dedicated specifically to research being conducted by Consortium investigators on combat-related concussions. That special edition was released on November 11. To read more about this, click here. Visit the Brain Injury website to read the special edition.

The special edition has also been covered by WCVE and Richmond Magazine.

Walker Awarded NIH Grant

William Walker, M.D. was awarded a NIH grant for his project titled - Practical Prognostics: Building clinically useful predictive models for long-term functional outcome after TBI.  Walker will lead Drs. Adam Sima, Jeffrey  Kreutzer, Randall Merchant, as well as Jenny Marwitz as they develop a set of prognostic tools that are tailored to the individual patient and will give better long-term forecasts on chances for returning to independent living and work.  This is a two-year grant starting August 2016 providing $419,374  in funding support.